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5 Extreme Methods I Use to Save Time in My Workday

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Let’s talk about five extreme ways that can save you time. I’ve actually implemented all of them. I don’t know if anyone else is using them, but if you are let me know. So let’s get started.

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Time is your most valuable asset, and you have to invest it wisely. If someone is abusing your money, well, don’t let them, but still, don’t hold a grudge against them as much as you would if someone was abusing your time. Why? Because when time is gone, it’s gone forever. You can’t get it back. It is not refundable, and you definitely can’t buy it in the first place. So please protect your time. I’ve come up with five extreme ways to protect my time.

5 Extreme Methods I Use to Save Time in My Workday

  1. Quit Social Media

The first thing that I did is quit Facebook. That’s right—I’ve only got four friends on Facebook. The only reason why my Facebook account is still open is for all of the groups, some of them paid, that I’m a member of that I really want to contribute to and network with others on. But ultimately, what do most do on Facebook and other social media platforms?

I can bet you money that you’re not really networking and you’re not really building your business. What you’re doing is looking into someone’s life and what they’re doing and what holiday that they’re going on and all that stuff. So, you have to take a good, long, hard look at yourself and really see what the purpose of you being on Facebook is. You can actually see on your phone how long you spend on social media. Have a look—you’ll probably be appalled.

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  1. Don’t Answer the Phone

Now, the second extreme thing that I have implemented is I don’t answer my phone. No matter who calls me, no matter when they call me, I will let it ring, and I will not answer my phone. I work 14- to 15-hour days. I am in the zone, and I am focused on what I am doing. If I pick up my phone and answer it, I lose focus and I’m done. I have to restart everything.

I don’t want to do that. I have to stay focused. I have to finish my task, and if I pick up my phone, I lose out.

  1. Never Schedule Calls

A great tool that I’ve absolutely loved ever since I discovered it is to never schedule my own calls. Think about this for a second—how many times do you go back and forth with someone to find the right day and time that fits both of you for a phone call? You probably waste 20-30 minutes just by doing that, and a lot of the time it doesn’t even get scheduled on that day, and you have to follow up days or weeks later.

Check out an online platform called Calendly. All you have to do is sign up and you can then send your link out to anyone and they will be able to schedule a time and date that suits them best and meets your calendar. This online platform integrates directly with your calendar. Whenever you are free, they will be able to see that, no matter the time zone. And they’ll be able to schedule a time to speak on the phone with you.

  1. Don’t Leave the Office

The fourth one is to not leave your office. Why the heck would you leave your office? Most of you folks who live on the East and West Coasts drive one and a half hours to work, right?

Well, even here in Toledo, I still don’t want to leave my office because if I’m answering my phone, if I’m leaving my office, if I’m not focused, I am losing time. And time is my most valuable asset, as we’ve already said. So try to stay in the office for as long as you can.

As soon as you get out of the office, you get into traffic, you get distracted, you have to go pick up that Starbucks coffee. I can tell you right now, every single time I leave my office, I lose an hour in my day. And my time is the most important asset to me.

Related: 9 Ways to Maximize Your Investing Efforts While Working a Full-Time Job

  1. Hire an Assistant

Last but not least, for all of you business owners out there who have the capacity to do something like this, hire a PA (personal assistant). Let’s say you own a certain amount of money every single year. And then you have to break that down to reverse engineer how much money you’ve made in a year—how much money you make every month, how much money you make every week, and how much money you make every day and every hour. When you break that down, you are going to know how much money you are making every single hour.

Let’s just say hypothetically that you are making $50 an hour. Why would you go and make your own coffee? It takes you 5-10 minutes to make your own coffee or to go buy your own coffee. Just hire a PA. If you can hire a PA to go and do the job for $20 per hour, your time is better spent executing on what you need to execute on. So, as soon as your income or revenue allows you to do so, I strongly suggest that you hire a PA to look after your life.

Would you follow any of these tips? What do YOU do to save time?

Leave your comments below!

Engelo Rumora, a.k.a."the Real Estate Dingo," quit school at the age of 14 and played professional soccer at the age of 18. From there, he began to invest in real estate. He now owns real estate al...
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    Lance Polvado from Dallas, Texas
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Interesting post! I definitely don’t answer phone calls when I receive them but rather when I want to deal with it. That alone saves tons of time. Additionally, not checking emails unless it’s a designated time frame has helped. This keeps me engaged for longer periods of time.
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thanks for your comment Lance and awesome stuff. I’m looking at cutting all email correspondence here shortly and just getting folks to schedule a call instead. Also, looking to get my PA to pass on other emails to the right department at our office. Thanks again and much success
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 3 years ago
    No worries, Thanks for your comment
    Sofia Sharkey Property Manager from Kansas City, MO
    Replied 15 days ago
    Interesting read! I have attempted to quit Facebook but the groups and events keep me coming back because that’s truly the most valuable thing fb offers. Thanks for the tip on the PA!
    Josh Cousineau Real Estate Agent from Auburn Maine
    Replied 13 days ago
    I have not been able to give up FB, but mainly because I get a ton of leads via fb. I think I need to time block FB more like i do my emails. Mabe something like that could be helpful.
    Jessica Hughes
    Replied 13 days ago
    I leave my ringer off just about 24 hours a day unless I'm expecting a very particular call. I check my phone for missed calls maybe twice a day. Everyone thinks I'm an asshole because I never answer. But I'm a liberated asshole that never understood why people think they should be allowed to demand other peoples time whenever the urge strikes them I dig the calender app thing, im gonna check into that...
    Josh Gold
    Replied 12 days ago
    1. Reduce your commute if possible / work from home. 2. Spend time clearing your mind with whatever methods you find effective (exercise, yoga). Whatever time you lose clearing your mind, you will gain back in more efficient and clearer thinking in the remaining time you do have. 3. Combine #1 and #2 above with commuting by bicycle when if feasible for for where you live. 4. Plan out your morning routine, and get ready for your morning the evening before if needed. For some reason many of us tend to be more effective, productive, and think clearer in the morning than in the evening.
    Jake Boyer
    Replied 11 days ago
    Any suggestions on where to find a good PA? And how to keep them busy and justifying their income? I imagine a highschool or college level person working part time, but sitting on my couch half the day until I need another cup of coffee, or my mail checked or something...